Sunday, November 26, 2017

A yummy easy Cheesecake recipe for you!

I made 2 English Toffee Cheesecakes to take to my youngest son's for our Thanksgiving family dinner yesterday.  They were so easy to make and honestly I think cheesecakes get a bad rap as being time consuming or difficult to make.  Not this recipe!  Plus you can cheat a little bit and I promise you no one will know the difference.
  This is so easy I'm not even needing to go back and look at the recipe to post it here but if you click on > Smuckers <  you can print it off via the link to their site if you need to do so. 

Buy ready made graham cracker pie crust with 2 extra servings so you have a nice big crust.

3 bars of cream cheese (8 oz. size)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz. size)
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Toffee bits 4 oz. (8 oz. bag) tossed in 2 tsp. of flour to coat them. 
Milk chocolate toffee bits (8 oz. bag)

Beat the cream cheese and milk mixture until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Fold in toffee bits. Pour into graham cracker crust.  Top with flour dusted toffee bits you have left from the bag.

Bake in 325 F degree oven for 1 hour.  At this point the center should be just a wee bit jiggly.  Remove from oven and let sit for 1 hr. to cool then put in fridge overnight.

Before serving drizzle Caramel sauce on the cheesecake and top with mini chocolate chips and toffee bits.

I warn you this is meant to serve a dozen people and it's got so many calories you'll gain weight just making it but you must have at least 2 bites so you can know how wonderfully decadent this cheesecake tastes.  I never thought to take a picture of mine but following their directions mine came out just like their picture shows.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

Gosh, I've not posted in such a long time.  A whole year and more has passed since I last posted here.  So many things have happened.  Life has happened.  Hubby found a job then decided after a few months that it was not for him and since I had been able to tap into some financial resources of mine I encouraged him to retire for the time being.  He may or may not seek employment after the New Year but for now he is taking it easy.

We thought of moving for a bit this Autumn and found a home along the Mississippi River that we liked but after starting renovations/updating on our current home we decided we liked the changes and there were some cons to moving so in the end we decided to stay put.

We added another little boy to the family this last Aug. when my youngest son and his wife added Cooper James to their household.  He is soooo adorable and I'm not at all biased.  LOL

He joins big brother, Wesley, who loves his baby brother but has decided there are some days he doesn't like him very much when he is crying.  :)  When I heard this all I could think was just wait till he starts crawling and gets into your toys.  Oh how I miss those days for just about 2 minutes LOL.  My 2 sons were 3 1/2 yrs apart in age so I remember those days so well.  Funny how when you're living that moment it's not so funny and can be frustrating but by the time you're a grandparent they bring nothing but happy memories.

My oldest son has blended his family with a lovely woman who has 1 adult daughter and 2 young daughters, Emily and Bella, still at home.  I love them very much!  My oldest grandson, Jack, is close to their age and they have become such a beautiful family together.  I had to laugh when I first saw this picture at Jack putting on a stink face.  That's a boy for you LOL.
With all of the families now having to figure out who goes where on the holidays we'll be getting our family together the Saturday after Thanksgiving.   Christmas likely will be celebrated on a different date also.  I've promised 2 home made cheesecakes for Thanksgiving so I hope I manage to turn out a couple really yummy ones.
I hope anyone who wanders onto my blog has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sunshine on a cloudy day!

My last post was about the blessings of a neighborhood and the richness of friends who help others. Today, I am thankful to post that my husband was contacted about a job he applied for and has been hired, pending results of the usual drug testing and final paperwork, prior to start date.  We couldn't be happier.  Both of us feel like a weight has been lifted   God is so good to us always.  I keep telling my husband that whatever you ask of God He will deliver if you have faith. I'm not sure he always believes that to be true but I keep telling him to have faith and I think it amazes him sometimes when good things happen after these conversations. My husband and I aren't regular church goers but I read my Bible often and it never ceases to amaze me when I come across a passage that I really needed to see at any given time.  It's as if it speaks to me with words always so in tune with our lives.  There are moments when a person really needs to think quietly about all the many blessings they have even though their lives may be in a bit of turmoil at that time.  The Bible teaches that the world will pass away but not God's love for us  Our Lord, Jesus Christ, left His home and all His belongings to preach the gospel among the peoples of the world in His travels with the apostles. He relied on the goodness of others and God to provide for Him.  If all of us could just learn to begin to trust and lean on each other in this world instead of bickering, fighting, and killing just think what changes we could make.  If we could find that kind of love we could heal our world and each other of all life's difficulties.  I wish all of you who may read this post God's multitude of Blessings in your lives.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Neighborhood is a Blessing!

It's been over a year since I've blogged.  It's crazy how time flies.  Some days I don't give blogging a thought.  Today is not one of those days.  Today I feel the need to tell a story of love, goodwill, compassion and generosity.  In these days of turmoil, hatred, violence and a general feeling of disharmony I feel compelled to tell of something good.  Our world needs to hear good things now and then.
My story starts with a new job for my husband.  Excellent  pay, crazy good benefits, decent hours and weekends off.  Who wouldn't feel excited? This after struggling with medical bills following a series of medical disasters for both of us over the past 8 years that wiped out our meager savings and floored us with the costs of medical care.  So this new job was such a blessing to us.
Right away, some things became evident. This job was anything but a dream.  What started out being described as,"current accounts we just want to upgrade services for" became nothing more than a fancy way of saying telemarketing. Managers, whose own job security came from making sure their crew sold, sold , SOLD made for a tense, stressful environment.  My husband began to be stressed and depressed.  He spoke to our family doctor and was prescribed an antidepressant.  Instead of it helping, he began having panic attacks.  Bad ones.  He collapsed at work one day and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.  Initially, they believed he might be having a heart attack or even a mild stroke.  More expensive tests.  The next doctor appointment I attended with him.  Turns out the antidepressant was causing the panic attacks.  So a medication switch.  But early on still having panic attacks and trying to bolster himself to return to work.  He couldn't do it.  He could barely find the strength to get out of bed without vomiting from fear of that work environment and the need to be at home where he felt safe and no pressure.  I made him quit the job.  I needed my husband to be okay and not tip over the edge with a nervous breakdown or worse.  Over the next couple of weeks we began to avail ourselves of local social programs to help us meet our needs.  I am disabled so it fell on my husband to do the food pantry trips.  While everyone was kind to him it is a humbling experience to stand in line outside of a food pantry waiting to be allowed in to be given bags of food.  Another local agency paid our water bill for us and gave us a gas card.  My hubby began to feel better and began applying for jobs.  Interviews followed but we're still in the process of finding employment for a 60 year old man with limiting health issues.  This is where we found out what kind of a neighborhood we live in began to happen.  Word began to get out what was going on at our house.  Two bags and a ten dollar gift card to a local grocery store showed up on our front porch for our pets. It's still a mystery to us who did this.  One of our neighbors gave my husband a bag full of frozen beef when she saw him out walking our dogs.  Another neighbor shopped for groceries and dropped off 2 bags on the porch.  The same neighbor who gave the beef caught my husband this morning giving him toilet paper, tissues, hand towels and offers of future support if there is need; just call them.  Our neighborhood is truly a blessing to us.  In times of trouble hubby has always been there to help.  He'd run to help clear trees following storms.  Clear sidewalks after a snowstorm.  Whatever and whenever the neighborhood was affected my husband has been there to help.  It's what neighbors do.  At least in our neighborhood.
  So to Pamela & Jim, Amy & Alicia, and our mystery provider, we love you all. Your kindness will never be forgotten.  As Pamela has pointed out, "everyone has been where you guys are.  If not now, in the past or one day they will be".  It's nice to know we're part of a neighborhood filled with people like these wonderful souls.  I would wish this on the world.  That everyone can make a neighborhood filled with loving people.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Busy past few days.  I babysat my youngest grandson, Wesley, for a few hours so his folks could meet up with some friends.  He is so darned adorable!  Kicking myself I didn't take pictures but my arms were busy holding the little cutie.  It seems he has an almost constant smile and I'm not sure I've ever been around a baby who is so attentive to things around him at the ripe old age of 7 months. It's the most time I've gotten to spend with him since I fractured my ankle a month or so after he was born and landed in a nursing home to recuperate.  It made me so happy to be able to spend some quality time with him.

This afternoon was spent hooking up an xbox 360 and Kinect sensor to my TV set.  It was pretty simple but took me awhile as I'm still hobbling about so I had a good workout before I ever got to try the games out that came with it.  This was my latest thrifty purchase as I won it at an online auction for $65 plus s&h.  It is used but was in nearly brand new condition and works like a charm.  I am very pleased and thankful.  When you purchase used electronics @ auctions it's always a chancey proposition as you must rely on the seller's honesty regarding the item.  I feel better when I bid @ as I know that if something does arrive and isn't working at least the money spent goes to a worthy organization.  I've bid and won many auctions over the years and I've never been disappointed with them.

It's been lovely here today with the sun shining and beautiful temps.  I hope wherever you are you enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Totally Tickled!

http://www.maryjanesfarm.orgSeveral years ago I had a magazine sample show up in my mailbox and I fell in love with it.  I poured over the outfits, recipes, ideas, family things to do together all the make do kind of knowledge every woman should have and decided I wanted to know more.  So I joined for free to start and found my way about the fun site with lots of helpers and posted solutions to many of my questions.  Women were sharing their favorite recipes and tips on how to make things.  I was blown over by how nice they all were. As I progressed I felt I wanted to be a farmgirl sister who would help others through her good works.  So I joined the sisterhood, ordered the magazine and one of the books and have never looked back.  I've come to love seeing how all the talented ladies solve their problems and how they step up to the plate when a sister or family member is under the weather and needs some help  Sisters always come through to help with amazing ideas, suggestions and if close enough right to your front door to brighten your day with a nice warm pie and some flowers.

Mary Jane built up her 5 acres and have turned them into a place where women can come glamping, harvest fresh organic crops, have a spa day and a day to just have fun with other sisters.It's all about socializing with fellow sisters and having a good time.

Today I'm happy because I was just notified I have earned my expert blogger merit badge, as well as my beginner and intermediate badge for crochet.  I want to earn the expert badge too if I can 5 people who would be willing to learn.  I will now have to find 5 women who show true interest in learning so I can get that badge conquered too.  Whoooppieeeee!

P. S. Once you're a sister at MJF and you have a blog you can get that lined up to go so your fellow sisters can see your projects.  Fun times :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015


While going through Facebook tonight I came across an article about making dresses for girls from all over the world who are in need.  You can donate to this program to help defray costs of shipping these garments to little girls. Dress a girl will also send you a pattern if you wish to participate in making dresses.  Their article tells about their mission and what countries have benefitted from the generosity of folks like you and me who want to help.  Please check out their wonderful site by either clicking the Dress A Girl button on the right hand side of my blog or following this link to their site.  God Bless all who help! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Basket Weave Baby Blanket

The latest of my baby blanket projects is for a mommy due in August.  Obviously, she and her hubby are having a baby boy.  I was surfing youtube and found this wonderful basket weave pattern.  A bit more of a challenge for me, being what I still consider a novice crocheter, but after a couple tries I got the hang of it and it's actually much easier than it looks.  It's done in multiples of 8 stitches with 4 stitches showing as more pronounced and then 4 appearing more receded. The youtube tutorial was from and I've come to really enjoy watching and following on Facebook @  I added a simple single crochet border around the edge of the blanket when I was done to give it a finished look.  Overall, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and when hubby saw it he said, "you outdid yourself this time," which made me feel like a million bucks.

If you want to try this pattern for yourself please check out the linked sites about and have fun!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Babies Galore :)

It would seem that babies are being born in rapid succession in my neck of the woods.  A young couple from our neighborhood had a beautiful baby girl while I was recovering from my ankle fracture and I'd not gotten their baby's gift made so I've had a few busy days whipping up a stroller blanket, sandals and sunbonnet. There are so many pretty patterns on the net and I've finally gotten to the point I can follow easier crochet patterns but haven't yet mastered reading diagrams.  The sunbonnet was a bit of a combo of some nice patterns I looked at but found some of the instructions a bit confusing so I winged it. I am hoping it will fit and not be a total embarrassment exhibiting my meager abilities.  I still have baby gifts to make for four more mothers-to-be and my current WIP (work in progress) is a blue blanket using the basketweave pattern.  Right now it's in the early stages and so I am not totally confident that will be my final design choice.  I do find it fun trying new patterns and giving myself a bit of a challenge to further my learning since I am a self taught crocheter.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Sunday, April 19, 2015